Sony Vaio VGN-SR41M/S
Average of 5 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Sony Vaio VGN-SR41M/S
13.3 Inches of Elegance. Sony fully pits on Intel's Centrino-2 platform in the Vaio VGN-SR41M/S. It is pretty well-equipped not only for standard applications, but also for light work in the area of multimedia with an Intel Core 2 Duo T6400, an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics card, and 4GB of system memory. The following review tells you how the tested pre-serial model meets our requirements.
Source: PC Pro
There are faster laptops on the market, but none of them blend power and portability quite like the 1.83kg VGN-SR41M/S. Indeed, if it weren’t for the iffy build quality and high price, we might have been tempted to honour the Sony with an award. As it stands, though, while the VGN-SR41M/S might impress with its technical achievements – we know of few, if any, 1.8kg laptops with any significant gaming prowess – we just can’t bring ourselves to completely forgive its flaws.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 50% performance: 83%
Sony's ultraportable laptop has had some upgrades. Sony's VAIO SR series has been around for a year or so now, sitting in the middle of the company's ultraportable range. The VAIO SR41M/W (£1099 inc. VAT) sees a number of updates to the design and internal components. Although this model marks an evolution rather than a revolution for the SR range, the changes are all welcome and turn this into a very good ultraportable. It's a shame the plastics used inside aren't a little tougher but, that aside, it's a highly impressive machine.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Masters DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/15/2010
Rating: performance: 60% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 79% display: 85% mobility: 87% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 93% emissions: 85%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/19/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 30% display: 60% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/16/2009
CommentATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570: Lower middle-class GPU that features a low shader count and a 64 Bit memory bus but a high clock speed. Similar to the desktop Radeon 4550. Supports Avivo HD and DirectX 10.1.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
T6400: Entry level dual core processor based on the Penryn core with only 2 MB level 2 cache and a low clock speed.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.
From 2014, Sony has reduced the production of Vaio laptops and finally discontinued them. Sony is still present in the smartphone and tablet market, yet not among the Top 5 manufacturers.
82.6%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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